Intermediate Algebra


  2. A. Course Title: Intermediate Algebra
    B. Course Number: MA 113A - 10062
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Neu, Roene
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 217
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2813
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST); 10:00:00 AM-10:30:00 AM (MST);
    *Additional office hours can be made by appointment. *All emails sent via the Canvas Inbox will be answered within 24 hours, Monday thru Friday at 5 pm. Within 48 hours weekends.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): TS 113F or appropriate placement test score
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH121

    This intermediate algebra course is designed for students in general education and technical fields. This course provides a review of fundamental operations of algebra, linear equations, exponents, radicals, rational expressions, quadratic equations, and inequalities. Additional topics include graphing linear equations, quadratic functions, and solving systems of linear equations. This course is not open to students who have credit for MA 113 or its equivalent. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: TS113F or equivalent or appropriate score on a placement test.


    This is an algebra course designed to prepare students for courses such as College Algebra, Statistics, and Math Analysis. Although it is considered a college level course at New Mexico Junior College and it fulfills the requirements for NMJC’s AA & AS degrees, it is always advisable to check with the college or university of your choice for transferability.



    Text book and software: Developmental Mathematics, D. Franklin Wright, Hawkes Learning Systems (Textbook with courseware access 13 digit ISBN: is 978-1941552377)

    Note: Hawkes courseware comes with an automatic free trial period of 28 days. It is safe to wait until you have attended class for the first time before purchasing any materials.
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    A scientific calculator is recommended. You may use any calculator you want for lesson assignments, but tests will require a scientific calculator only. NO graphing calculators will be allowed on assessments.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    For this Course your grade will be made up of the following:

    HOMEWORK: 10%
    QUIZZES 5%
    TESTS: 25%

    Attendance: Attendance will be taken daily. Attendance will be taken by the instructor in your classroom. If you don’t see your name checked off on the overhead screen, then you probably arrived after attendance was taken. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor/monitor of your presence. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to make up missed work. Class notes will be posted in ONE NOTE via our Canvas Modules (You MUST register for ONE NOTE and you MUST do it using your NMJC email account). It is your responsibility to read the notes and have all requirements turned in on time, regardless of missing class. Students here on NMJC campus can use the computers in the Learning Assistance Center (Pannell Library (BUC) 492-2614) to read the class notes in cases of trouble with their own hardware. I will not accept the excuse that you could not open the notes. You must read through the notes and be certain you have everything completed on the day you return to class. Sometimes we have extra credit or pop quizzes. These make-up papers must be received by the following class day, if you are out for more than one class day, you must contact your instructor/monitor and explain the situation. These make-up papers must be documented as to 'quiz' or 'extra credit' with full heading. If you are unable to make it to the next class, you may send the work with a friend, email a picture or your work or fax the work to me at (575)492-2821. There are many resources available through the NMJC web site and Hawkes. You may also contact your instructor or the tutoring center for assistance, but only after you've reviewed the class notes and Hawkes Learn.

    Attendance I expect students to be ready for class when class begins: Cell phones off or silenced, Pencils sharpened, paper ready. Students must remain alert and attentive through-out the class, participate in the class, arrive on time and not leave the room until dismissed. If you have a personal crises that requires you to have access to incoming calls, you must notify me of the situation before class begins.

    Quizzes These will usually be spur of the moment short in class problems, there may be times when I will give you warning the week before. Make up will be arranged outside of class on an individual basis and must be arranged within the week following the quiz. It is the student's responsibility to take the initiative to make this happen.

    Homework: Homework must be done in HAWKES. All homework is due at the beginning of the next class after the material was presented. Because we are using Hawkes you do not need to turn in anything to me, however; you should print off your grade with the date of completion or periodically take pictures and keep this documentation, in the event Hawkes loses some of your records, this will be the only way to secure credit. If you are having technical difficulties you should contact Hawkes by sending an email, getting in a chat session or call the help desk at 843-571-2825. If you have trouble working a problem in the homework, you should utilize the resources available: Hawkes Learn, or ask a tutor for help. You may also ask your instructor for help or email the problem to your instructor. It may not be possible to pull up Hawkes in the classroom. If you email the problem in advance your instructor can print it out before class and do the problem in class, or better yet, you can print out the problem and give it to your instructor, (be sure you go through the entire problem to get all the parts). If you find yourself asking Hawkes for assistance it is likely you have not internalized the concept. You must be able to wait at least 6 hours after viewing the explanation or example, and do the problem on your own before you can consider yourself competent for the moment. I advise you to go back after a few days and before the exam and make sure you can still do the problem without any assistance.

    The format for all paper and pencil work must be as follows: Your name, course title, day and time the class meets, and the assignment (X credit, Quiz...) in the upper right corner of the first sheet. Staple multiple pages, paper clips are not acceptable. All problems must be listed down the page, not across the page. Leave a blank line between problems, circle your answers and write legibly. If I cannot read it, or work is not shown, it is wrong. Ten points may be subtracted for each infraction of the above format requirements.

    Tests: All tests will be done outside of class time through Hawkes, the 5 assessments will be paper and pencil. If you need to take a test after the deadline, you must get me to input the extension in Hawkes. I am very generous with small extensions until the last three weeks of classes, then I become very rigid.

    Midterm and Final Exam: The Midterm is one "ASSESSMENT". The final exam is composed of 4 "ASSESSMENTS" that are paper and pencil, you must take them in a proctored situation, with me in class. You must show work on the test. If I don't see the process you used, or if it is not the process required, I may count the problem wrong. You are only allowed your scientific calculator (No Graphing Calculators) and pencil, no additional help during an exam, you may NOT have your cell phone with you under any circumstances or a smart watch.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Intermediate Algebra (MA113A) is designed to expand the student’s mathematical reasoning ability with an introduction to rational expressions, radical expressions and functions.

    The course content of Intermediate Algebra (MA113A) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    ·         Graph various types of functions.  

    ·         Solve various types of equations. 

    ·         Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.  

    ·         Set up and solve various types of application problems. 

    ·         Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.




    A student who successfully completes Intermediate Algebra should be able to:

    ·         Solve linear equations and inequalities;

    ·         Solve compound and absolute value equations and inequalities;

    ·         Factor polynomials;

    ·         Simplify rational expressions and complex fractions;

    ·         Add, subtract, multiply and divide rational expressions;

    ·         Solve equations and application problems involving rational expressions;

    ·         Graph linear equations;

    ·         Determine the equation of a line from given information;

    ·         Use function notation;

    ·         Solve systems of linear equations and applications;

    ·         Simplify radicals;

    ·         Add, subtract, multiply, and divide radical expressions and complex numbers;

    ·         Solve quadratic equations;

    ·         Solve applications of quadratic equations;

    ·         Solve applications involving graphs of parabolas.



    This syllabus is my opportunity to tell you how I manage this class and give you notice of what is expected of you as a student. Please remember that I will do everything I can to help you and I expect you to be motivated and responsible for your own grade. To be successful in this class you must be in class, make time to do the homework and take the tests in the time allowed. It is customary in college level courses that students spend a minimum of 2 hours studying outside of class for every one hour of lecture time, that means you should be spending 6 hours per week besides class time, working on this class material. With this in mind the following are items you need to know.


    If you are having difficulty with the material at any time please arrange to come see me during office hours, or make an appointment. There are many avenues here at NMJC for you to attain help.

    1. Online tutoring is available to all NMJC students. Look in section IX of this syllabus: General/Miscellaneous. Tutoring Assistance is toward the end of that section. There is a link to Brainfuse which offers online tutoring.

    2. Personal tutors are available through the Director of Learning Assistance in room 124 Mansur Hall on New Mexico Junior College Campus, or call (575) 492-2623.

    3. Study groups that you arrange with class mates are also an excellent way to improve your performance in the class. If you are having trouble finding an interested classmate, ask your professor for assistance.


    1. Cheating will not be tolerated. If there is any evidence of cheating I must assign a zero on the work in question, possibly for the entire class.

    2. All students are to act appropriately for a college classroom. Disruptions will not be tolerated. Any students causing a disruption will be asked to leave; the student will lose attendance credit for that class and will not be allowed to make up work missed that day. That student is still responsible for any material or assignments.

    3. Cell Phones and pagers are to be silenced while you are in the classroom. Visit with me prior to the start of class if you have a special situation or emergency.

    4. No perfume please, It causes your instructor a serious health problem. If you forget, please sit in the back of the room and do not come to my office.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    MA113A Intermediate Algebra Course Outline

    This outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. HAWKES

    Completion Goal




    Jan 21


    Order of Operations with Real Numbers

    Jan 21


    Solving Linear Equations: ax+b=cx+d

    Jan 21


    Solving Linear Inequalities

    Jan 21


    Exponents I

    Jan 27


    Exponents II

    Jan 27


    Scientific Notation

    Jan 27


    Solving Absolute Value Equations

    Jan 27


    Solving Absolute Value Equations

    Feb 3


    Foundational Topics in testing center




    Feb 3


    Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables:  Ax+By=C

    Feb 3


    The Slope-Intercept Form: y=mx+b

    Feb 3


    Finding the Equation of a Line

    Feb 3


    The Point-Slope Form: y-y1=m(x-x1)

    Feb 3


    Introduction to Function and Function Notation

    Feb 10


    Systems of Equations: Solutions by Graphing

    Feb 10


    Systems of Equations: Solutions by Substitution

    Feb 10


    Systems of Equations: Solutions by Addition

    Feb 10


    Applications: Distance-Rate-Time, Number Problems, Amounts and Costs

    Feb 10


    Applications: Interest & Mixture

    Feb 17


    Chapters 9 & 10




    Feb 17


    Greatest Common Factor of Two or More Terms

    Feb 17


    Greatest Common Factor of a Polynomial

    Feb 17


    Factoring Expressions by Grouping

    Feb 17


    Factoring Trinomials: x^2 +bx+c

    Feb 24


    Factoring Trinomials by Trial and Error

    Feb 24


    Factoring Trinomials by the ac-method

    Feb 24


    Special Factorizations – Squares

    Feb 24


    Special Factorizations – Cubes

    Mar 3


    Additional Factoring Practice

    Mar 3


    Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring

    Mar 3 


    Applications of Quadratic Equations

    Mar 10


    Chapter 12




    Mar 17


    Paper and pencil, in testing center


    Pi DAY!!!!!!!!


    Mar 17


    Defining Rational Expressions

    Mar 17


    Multiplication and Division with Rational Expressions

    Mar 17


    Addition and Subtraction with Rational Expressions

    Mar 17


    Complex Fractions and Order of Operations

    Mar 17


    Solving Equations with Rational Expressions


    Spring Break Mar 26-30


    Mar 31


    Applications: Rational Expressions

    Mar 31



    Mar 31


    Chapter 13




    Mar 31


    Evaluating Radicals

    Mar 31


    Simplifying Radicals

    Apr 7


    Addition and Subtraction with Radicals

    Apr 7


    Multiplication with Radicals

    Apr 7


    Rationalizing Denominators

    Apr 7 


    Solving Radical Equations

    Apr 7


    Rational Exponents

    Apr 14


    Functions with Radicals

    Apr 14


    Introduction to Complex Numbers

    Apr 14


    Multiplication and Division with Complex Numbers

    Apr 14


    Chapter 14 (with A8 & A9)




    Apr 14


    Quadratic Equations: The Square Root Method

    Apr 21


    Last day to Withdraw from this course

    Apr 21


    Quadratic Equations: Completing the Square

    Apr 21


    Quadratic Equations: The Quadratic Formula

    Apr 21


    Applications: Quadratic Equations

    Apr 21


    Quadratic Functions: y=ax^2 +bx+c

    Apr 28


    Chapter 15

    All Certify and All chapter tests must be completed on or before Friday  May 3 midnight

    All Assessments MUST be completed by end of our class Final exam time:                                         Monday May 6      6:00-7:45pm  Work justifying answers MUST BE SHOWN!


    Graphing Final Assessment

    Paper and Pencil


    Solving Final Assessment

    Paper and Pencil


    Notation Final Assessment

    Paper and Pencil


    Application Final Assessment

    Paper and Pencil